Mode of study influences built environment students' perception of their professional development

Vohmann, Barbara and Crabtree, Peter and Priddle, Julian and Frame, Ian (2017) Mode of study influences built environment students' perception of their professional development. In: Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

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Abstract

Developing undergraduates' employability skills and preparing them as effective practitioners is an important role of higher education. Accredited undergraduate courses in construction disciplines are designed to help students develop appropriate skills and knowledge to prepare them for professional practice. However, it has been recognised that undergraduates are not always as prepared for professional practice as employers anticipate. To help with students' development as effective practitioners, it is beneficial if they understand what professional skills and knowledge they are developing and how these are valuable in the workplace. Students focus in particular on assessment, as this is central to their academic success. Assessment design and feedback have been recognised as important influences on student learning behaviour. This paper examines undergraduates' perceptions of assessment and feedback in their academic studies to aid their development as effective practitioners. Data was gathered at a post-1992 university. Around the mid-point of each semester undergraduates provide a progress review for their tutors via a short paper-based questionnaire using a four-point Likert scale. Analysis of these completed questionnaires suggests students somewhat understand how their academic studies link with their development as built environment professionals, although feedback was a missed opportunity to enhance their learning. This suggests there may be opportunity to promote student learning through revised pedagogic practice that integrates assessment, feedback and professional practice more effectively than may be the case at present. This research forms part of a doctoral 'work in progress'.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Full citation: Vohmann, B, Crabtree, P, Priddle, J and Frame, I (2017) Mode Of Study Influences Built Environment Students' Perception Of Their Professional Development. In: Chan, P W (Ed.) and Neilson, C J (Ed.), Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 238-247
Keywords: Learning, Part-time, Professionalism, Undergraduates
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Barbara Vohmann
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 13:32
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 15:00
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702198

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